Books are an escape from the drudgery that life is. Books are the means to time travel. Books provide an insight into the complex characters that are present in the society. A cliché goes like “the person who reads lives 1000 lives at one time” and it is so true. Here is a list of 15 books that are classic and timeless; if you call yourself a reader then this list of classic books should be your next bucket list of reading!
1. The Book Thief
The Book Thief is probably one of the richest descriptions of one of the tragic periods in the history of mankind; the Second World War. The book is narrated by death who tries to understand life via a German girl who reached maturity during the Holocaust. The book is more like a soul enriching experience.
2. The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini made a debut with the beautiful novel. This book is a depiction of the society in general, in Afghanistan; the story is about abuse, terrorism, suicide, violence, and neglect. The story is about a pure friendship, amongst the blanket of all the negativity.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
The book is in the form of a narration coming through a child’s ingenious eyes. The book is about having conviction in your own integrity and duty, especially at the time of adversity. Harper-Lee, via this book, teaches us to break free the stereotypes of society and stand for what is right.
4. The Diary of a Young Girl
The protagonist of the novel, a 13-year-old girl, tells about the beginning of a precious life through her diary. It is Anne Frank’s diary which is set at the time of Holocaust, yet, it depicts an optimistic tale. There are very silent moments of happiness, described beautifully in the book.
5. Animal Farm
The book is authored by George Orwell in the year 1943, which was an era where communism was catching its hold in the society. George Orwell took to the satirical means to reflect on the darker side of the communism. This masterpiece talks about Animal upbringing but has a deep connotation related to the happenings in the society around. The book shows how much power society holds and how it can corrupt in itself.
6. Infinite Jest
When a writer like David Foster gets philosophical and combines funny bits into it, you get a master piece like Infinite Jest. This book is set in America and emphasizes on the fact that our desires are influenced by the culture we belong to. It explains the fact that passion distinguishes human beings form other living things and how entertainment has become a dominant factor of our lives.
7. Catch 22
Catch 22 revolves around a US airman, who is trying to move away from the Holocaust madness branded under the name World War II. He has been a part of WWII and tries to explain, via black humor and satire, the useless madness that WWII was.
8. The Time Machine
Science fiction came into being with one of the first works in this genre, The Time Machine. H.G. Wells, in this book, brilliantly uses the concept of time travel to explain the rift between rich and poor of Victorian England. The book explains the theory of evolution and how that led to the formation of various classes in the society.
9. Great Expectations
The book is set in the 1800 era but the book has been written considering the fact that Britain was changing and moving onto commercialization. The book revolves around the main protagonist Pip who builds his life from scratch. Pip is the one with very difficult childhood but the way he turned around his life in the popular culture is worth reading.
10. One Hundred Years of Solitude
This book revolves around Buendia family, who are the residents of Macondo (a fictional place) in North America. With this book you will discover the ancient mysteries, family secrets and detail of characters spread over six generations. You will find yourself experiencing a vivid imagery of family scenario, in every page of the book. This is by far one of the finest works done in literature.
11. Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina is a narrative and a long read but it will keep you hooked in its every page. The book is all about the twisted tale of the politics that is an intricate part of love and relationship. You will find, at one point in time, dealing with very complex characters. Anna Karenina is more like a quest to find the answer to the question,”how to live a fulfilling life?” The portrayal of the heartbreaking character of the protagonist and her ill fate is just a representation to understand the deeper meaning of life.
12. The Catcher in the Rye
Catcher in the Rye is the story of a 16 year-old boy named Holden Caulfield and his mocking observations. The author, J.D. Salinger has tried to capture the life of an adolescent and the confusion with which they start their life. The book is so timeless. It was published in the year 1951 and you can still relate with that book!
13. Three Men in a Boat
The book aims to make you happy, at the end. The book is about a journey of three friends, in a boat, along with their dog. The book is written in the Wodehouse-esque style and takes you to the journey of misadventures and silliness. If you want to go on a boating expedition, then do read this exciting book.
14. On the Road
On the Road is a classic novel enriching your knowledge on the topic of freedom! The story revolves around two people, Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty who take on to the journey to North America. Their prime motive was to find more about themselves and experience the meaning of freedom, fired up with the usage of jazz, drugs, and poetry.
15. The Bell jar
The Bell Jar deals with one of the most debated topics of today’s world, feminism. The book shows the struggle that women face when she longs to make an identity of her own. The book is an emotional journey into the life of the author herself.